Trip report - Wilson Reserve 9 Feb 2003

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Subject: Trip report - Wilson Reserve 9 Feb 2003
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:53:59 +1100
For the VicGroup outing on Saturday morning, 23 birders met at the Wilson
Reserve and Chelsworth Park in Ivanhoe, Victoria.  

Present from this list were Alan and Jan Flack, Karen Pearson, Anthea
Fleming as well as yours truly (there may have been others too).

Anthea Fleming gave an excellent introductory talk about the history of the
area, including some rare historical photographs and a huge aerial photo
that covered the bonnet of a parked car.

About four hours was spent strolling around the riparian bushland and
billabongs in the park.  The group split into two, meeting half way around
and then again at the end.

A good morning's birding, netting some 47 species, as below.  The Red
whiskered bulbul wasn't very co-operative, though.  (Lucky I hadn't
guaranteed the bird, or I'd be pulling some embarrassing stunt this

Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Chestnut Teal
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
White-faced Heron
Nankeen Night Heron
Brown Goshawk
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Common Bronzewing
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Laughing Kookaburra
Superb Fairy-wren
Spotted Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
Brown Thornbill
Red Wattlebird
Bell Miner
Noisy Miner
White-plumed Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Yellow Robin
Crested Shrike-tit
Golden Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Red-browed Finch
Fairy Martin
Welcome Swallow
Common Blackbird
Common Starling
Common Myna

(and these two, that were seen by others - gripped off again!)

Tree Martin

Many thanks to Anthea Fleming for background history, photographs and
commentary (as well a lot of IDs), and to Robert Bender for additional
observations for the bird list, as well as all the people who turned up,
some coming long distances, to make the walk a success.

Bill Stent

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